May 2011


Volume 2 Issue 5


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Photo by Andrew Rich
Photo by Gwen Wodjewaka

Smoke Signals
Volume2 Issue 5

Peters Township High School
264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15...
Meet the Staff
Managing Editor-In-Chief: Mike Schuck
Online Editor-In-Chief: Katie Denning
Layout Editor-in-Chief: Matt Si...
-Kenzie Stepanik


Table of Contents

“The Bahamas”


-Melina Sopko


“ Wild...

May 2011

Being part of a young,
impressionable age group, kids
today have just about heard
it all. There are count...
PT Focus			


Tips to Find Your College Match
The SAT results
have just arrived and now it
is time for juniors to star...

May 2011

Head Shots: To Ban or Not to Ban

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Matt Cooke is a prime


Under Review: Pirates vs. NBA Team in Pittsburgh
JohnGalatic.SportsEditor & JakeAchenbach.StaffWriter
JG: G...
Goodbye Tension,
Hello Pension!

Time to Sleep In, Mr. Suszinski

Layout Design by Dené...
Losing a De-Lux Sense of Humor
There is always that
one teacher students hope to
get: A teache...

May 2011

Summer 2011 Essentials:

Summer will soon be
here which means its time to refr...
Life & Style	


Spring Cleaning: A Closet Makeover
A new season is here,
which means two dreade...

May 2010

Jackie LaRosa Makes 8,400 Mile Cultural Connection

Jackie LaRosa ha...
People Features		


TVT Awards

Photos by Mrs. Frick

On Wednesday, April
13th the Media Depart...
2011 Senior

All photos submitted

May 2010

Sounds of the Summer

With the school year quickly coming to a close, it is ti...


Shifting to a Higher Gear
Need for Speed (NFS) is to the racing genre as Call...

May 2011
walking through the streets with
‘emergency’ hoods and lots of traffic,” said Ryanne. Emergency hoods
are g...
News Features			

Could you pass the US
Citizenship Test?
Every year, 400,000 immigrants...
Class of 2011 Post Graduation Plans
Achenbach, Jake W
Adams, Carley E
Albitz, Nathan J
Alescio, Carrie
Alexander, Lauren
Gompers, Justin
Grachen, Angela
Gramling, Kyle
Greer, Mark E
Gregg, Justin
Greguric, Kayla
Gross, Juliann Margaret
Portz, Justin
Prykull, Cory J
Puhl, Ryan
Pusateri, Alexis C
Putt, Heather
Quarture, Alexandria
Ranallo, Christian
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May 2011 Smoke Signals Issue 5

  1. 1. May 2011 Volume 2 Issue 5 P T H S gnals ke Si o Sm Photo by Andrew Rich
  2. 2. Photo by Gwen Wodjewaka Smoke Signals Volume2 Issue 5 Peters Township High School 264 East McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 Phone: 724-941-6250
  3. 3. Meet the Staff Managing Editor-In-Chief: Mike Schuck Online Editor-In-Chief: Katie Denning Layout Editor-in-Chief: Matt Sikora Period 1 Editor-In-Chief: Erin Masta . Period 3 Editor-In-Chief: Gabrielle Brinsky Layout Editors: Val Gobao and Joe Grossi Entertainment Editor: Conor Jackson Life & Style Editor: Molly Doehring Special Features Editor: Christine Manganas Sports Editor: John Galatic People Editor: McKenzie Fritz PT Focus Editor: Amanda Moore Staff Writers: Layout Staff: Carly Beck Lexi Miller Melina Sopko Jessica Kleja Hardy Kern Valerie Kotar Madison Mincone Sean Sickmund Katie Shultz Matt Lison Julia Gauthier Kenzie Stepanik Jake Achenbach Katie Finn Greg Marsh Denee Renz Savanna Schweitzer Kurt Werner Steph Hammell Nikki Happe Allie Schlafman Mission Statement: Smoke Signals is produced five times a school year by the students of the Media II, III, and IV Journalism staff at Peters Township High School. Staff Advisor is Mrs. N. Sitler. Commentaries, reviews, and opinion columns are the express opinion of the author and not of Smoke Signals, its advisor, or the Peters Township School District. What is your favorite vacation spot? “Flordia” “Outer banks” -Lexi Miller “Brent Mueller’s basement” -Val Kotar -Jake Achenbach
  4. 4. -Kenzie Stepanik 4-5 Table of Contents “The Bahamas” 6-7 8-9 10-11 “Florida” -Melina Sopko 12-13 14-15 16-17 “ Wildwood, New Jersey” -Denee Renz 18-19 20-21 “Nurburgring Race Track, Germany” -Greg Marsh 22-24 PT Focus Animals Don’t Smoke Sports Competitive Cheerleading Blurring the Lines Teacher Retirements Life & Style Closet Makeover Special Features Senior Collage People Features Jackie LaRosa’s Trip Seasonal Senior Superlatives Entertainment Summer Concerts News Features How to Donate to Japan College List Plans of Class 2011
  5. 5. 4 May 2011 Being part of a young, impressionable age group, kids today have just about heard it all. There are countless programs set up to persuade our world’s youth not to use drugs and it seems that it will never end. Washington County Health Partners, though, are developing a new approach on stopping drug abuse. They are setting up a program where instead of adults lecturing the children, high school students from around the area will be giving the presentations. They believe that by doing this the children will have a high regard for the “big kids” and listen more understandingly. “It was amazing how much all of the little kids looked up to us,” said sophomore Lau- Peters Township High School has been my home for seven hours a day for 180 days each for the past four years. By graduation day, that will amount to approximately 5,040 hours spent in PTHS, which is equal to 210 twentyfour hour days. Having spent so much time in this building, I would like to reflect on my high school experience for the benefit of the Peters Township community. Coming from a private school, the sheer size of the student body was intimidating. Even compared to other public schools, the student body of Peters is huge, especially for Summer 2011 Why Animals Don’t Smoke JuliaGauthier.StaffWriter ra Purkey, “They were so excited to have us work with them.” T h e program is called ‘Why Animals Don’t Smoke.’ It involves a high school student using animal puppets and giving reasons why that particular animal does not smoke. For example, the student will hold up a shark puppet and say ‘I don’t smoke because then my teeth would turn yellow’. By using the puppets, the children are able to learn and have fun at the same time. “The kids absolutely loved it when we took out all of the different animals and talked with them, especially when we changed our voices,” said sophomore Hannah Jacobs. The current group giving presentations in Peters has already visited Pleasant Valley Elementary and plans on visiting Bower Hill and McMurray Elementary soon. It is not hard to get involved, all one has to do is go to the high school guidance office and ask to participate. They are always looking for more people to help. This new program has set out to stop America’s youth from smoking and, based on a survey at the end of each presentation, is doing well. Just remember, if animals don’t smoke then why should you? Photo by Julia Gauthier School Review: PTHS MichaelSchuck.ManagingEditor-in-Chief the size of the building. However, this size brings with it an incredible variety of personalities and abilities. It may sound like a college brochure, but there really is a place for everyone. Classes accommodate even the super-genius valedictorians. If a student needs something to fill spare time, there are enough groups and functions to completely eliminate the possibility of lying around at home. At the same time, there is also a niche for those who only want to be here when they have to. The students themselves never fail to amaze me. My only criticism in this regard is that it is hard to see the talent of the school as a whole unless one is directly involved with sports, theater, music, art, science, math, and media all at once. There are professionals in training all over. Though the opportunity to get involved is always present, having a schedule filled with rigorous courses makes free time scarce. There are often changes made and measures taken by the administration that I do not agree with. The most important thing, however, is students being free to learn and teachers being free to teach. Whether both are currently met is a nearly unanswerable question. The biggest danger is having students memorize material for four years instead of learning it. Every student and every teacher need to make an effort each class period to fulfill their purpose here. For the most part I have learned. I can’t deny that I am prepared for college. Peters Township has moved me closer to where I want to be. I even enjoyed high school every so often. This school is nowhere near perfect, but exceptional students and skilled faculty push it that much closer to perfection.
  6. 6. PT Focus 5 Tips to Find Your College Match The SAT results have just arrived and now it is time for juniors to start or resume looking at colleges. Looking at colleges may seem like an extensive and difficult task, but by starting now, the college selection process can be completed before senior year even starts. First, make a list of attributes that you are looking for in a college. Some options to include are the type of college (public or private), size, location, majors offered, StephanieHammell.StaffWriter and cost. All these factors are important in choosing a college, and should be discussed with your parents before you begin to look more seriously. Second, juniors need to start a college list. This can be easily done by logging on to the College Board website with the SAT username and password. From there, students can use the College Matchmaker survey. This simple survey can help narrow down college choices. Then, go through and place colleges that interest you in the virtual college list. A good rule of thumb is to try to narrow down the college list to three or five, so that visiting colleges will not take forever. Now that your college list is completed, you are ready to start visiting colleges. Scheduling college tours can be done on the college’s websites. Before scheduling a tour, try to pick a date when college classes are in session. By going on a day when students are there, it can help you get a feel for the actual college experience. Before visiting, be sure to ask to meet with someone if you are interested in a sport, specific major, or their honors program. Be sure to take notes about the college and write down your impressions of the school. After the visit, file the notes for future reference when making a final decision about the college. It’s a Hockey Night in Peters Over the last two years, several videos have surfaced on YouTube and Pittsburgh news stations such as WPXI, WTAE and KDKA. They all seem to be the same; high school students making music videos of themselves dancing to popular songs, dedicated to the Penguins and Steelers. Some of the most popular videos are made by students from Plum, Char Valley, and Baldwin. Now it is our turn. When the Media IV public relations students first presented the idea, it was rejected because of copyright issues. Then, the idea surfaced to write an original Penguins fight song, and the LexiMiller.StaffWriter students decided to follow through with it. Along with the help of Mr. Cygrymus and Mr. DiFillipo, from McMurray Elementary, as well as Mr. Barney and Mr. Perrotte from the high school, the students wrote “Hockey Night in Pittsburgh.” The excitement does not stop there. Mrs. Sitler took a group of twenty students downtown to film the music video on Thursday, March 31. “We shot the music video at Consol Energy Center, the Roberto Clemente Bridge, and PNC Park,” said senior Kyle Sossi. The students were lucky enough to have Keith Sey- mour, a professional cinematographer, to help out with the project. “Consol was my favorite place to shoot at because we had a professional track and sled to use [to videotape],” stated senior Mike Czajkowski. Consol Energy Center was a vital part in the project because it allowed the students to use shots around the arena for the video. The goal is to produce a copyright free work and also achieve a learning experience. It seems that the students at Peters Township High School will achieve their goal. Photos by Kari Hartbauer
  7. 7. 6 May 2011 Head Shots: To Ban or Not to Ban MattLison.StaffWriter The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Matt Cooke is a prime example of why the NHL wants to ban head shots. From his blindside hit on Marc Savard last year to his recent, blatant elbow to Ryan McDonagh’s head, Cooke has been a focal point of the NHL’s conversation on head shots. Cooke may have ended Savard’s career, considering he still is suffering from concussion-like symptoms, which is an example of why these hits are so dangerous. The NHL does suspend players if they feel that the hit was intentional, but they have not banned head shots completely. Banning head shots in the NHL seems like a safe idea. However, hockey is one of the fastest and most physical games on the planet and the ban would ultimately change the nature of the game. Although intentionally hitting a player in the head is not right, the ban would just change the way the game is played and would be difficult for some players to adjust to. Players like Cooke make their living off antagonizing the opposing team. Every team in the NHL has an agitator and he has become a part of the game. His job is to walk the line of what can be considered illegal and play a little dirty. Head shots clearly cross that line. The only ruling the NHL has about head shots is thus: “a lateral or blindside hit on an opponent in which the head is targeted or it’s the main area of impact will not only be subject to supplemental discipline, but a major penalty and ejection from the game.” The NHL will hand out suspensions after they review the hit, but the longest suspension after a head shot was Cooke’s (ten regular season games and the first round of the playoffs). Some have argued that these suspensions are not long enough and they have not taught the offender a lesson. Cooke is a repeat offender and is forfeiting $219,512.20 in salary over his most recent suspension. That amount of money to a player like him is a big deal, and it has caused him to admit he has a “problem and needs to change” (PostGazette). He cannot change the style of hockey he plays and no one, besides the team the Penguins are playing, wants him to change. He just needs to control himself and not cross that line. Will the most recent Cooke incident be the last the fans see of head shots? No. Head shots are just something that happens in hockey. Whether it is intentional or not, players are going to get hit in the head, players are going to get injured, suspensions will be given out, and the NHL will have the same redundant debates about banning head shots. Pittsburgh Pride Shines words, is the flips, while stunting is when the girls are lifted into the air. Throughout the season, these components are put together in order to create a routine. A routine is a specific performance of all the skills put to music and is meant to be shown at competitions. The same routine is perfected and changed all year long in the hopes of becoming more and more successful at competitions. The difficulty of the routine is based on the skill level of the girls on the team. There are five levels, level five being the hardest. The cheerleaders travel to local, national, and even world level competitions, to compete against other teams in the same division. A panel of judges is present during all of the routines and they judge the team based on a standard score sheet. A score sheet somewhat resembles a requirement list. The team that receives the highest score is the winner of the competition. Pittsburgh Pride has been doing just this for ten years. With seven cheer teams, it provides an opportunity for children, ages four to eighteen, to participate in competitive cheerleading. The most talented of the athletes in the gym are placed on the level five team. This team has worked KatieFinn.StaffWriter Cheerleading was once regarded as a girly, non-athletic activity, but over the past few years a new sport has emerged from that stereotype. Competitive cheerleading has changed the classic definition of cheerleading drastically, and has become one of the most popular and dangerous sports that an athlete can participate in. Pittsburgh Pride Allstars, owned by Chrissie Bianco, provides an opportunity for athletes to participate in this sport and to be able to do what they love. Five students at PTHS participate in this program and are on the level five team: Val Mikec, Katie Finn, Ali Bianco, Sydney Scott, and Nina Leven. Competitive cheerleading consists of tumbling, stunting, and many other components. Tumbling, in other Photo by Matty Smith Summer 2011 Photo by Katie Finn to achieve the tumbling and stunting skills needed to be successful. They do this by practicing four days a week for around two hours each practice. Practice involves working on new tumbling skills, perfecting stunts, performing the routine, and conditioning. Cheerleader Ali Bianco says, “We work really hard at practice because we know that if we don’t we will not be able to beat teams or be considered good.” For the past three years, this team has traveled to Disney World to compete in the Cheerleading Worlds. The team has competed against the 70 best teams in their division from all around the world, and was able to place in Finals in 2009. “It’s the best feeling to know that all our hard work has paid off and that we have had the chance to compete against these amazing teams,” states freshman Val Mikec.
  8. 8. Sports 7 Under Review: Pirates vs. NBA Team in Pittsburgh JohnGalatic.SportsEditor & JakeAchenbach.StaffWriter JG: Given the hypothetical choice between keeping the Pirates in Pittsburgh or selling the franchise in order to make way for an NBA team, most people would probably choose the latter. The Pirates have been terrible since the Clinton administration. Even the diehard fans are still only remotely interested in this awful mess of a team. In a city that prides itself in having elite sports teams, there is no room for failure. Although there is no guarantee that a new NBA franchise in Pittsburgh would succeed, it would probably have a better chance than the Bucs ever will. Professional baseball is a game that requires financial support from its hometown, something Pittsburgh is unable and unwilling to provide. Perhaps a basketball squad could eliminate the stench of perpetual loss that emanates from the Pirates. JA: First of all, the Pirates have played too large a part in the history of the MLB to be removed from the city of Pittsburgh. Even with their seventeen straight losing seasons, people still enjoy going out to PNC Park to watch the Bucs play. Also, the idea of an NBA team in town does not seem to appeal to Pittsburghers. Traditionally, basketball has not been a big influence in the athletic spectrum of Western Pennsylvania. Sports here have predominantly been football and baseball, due to the success stories of locals making it to the NFL and MLB respectively. Since the drafting of Mario Lemieux, hockey has also become a large part of the face of Pittsburgh. Never has basketball been eminent in our region nor will it ever stretch beyond the boundaries of the Petersen Events center. JG: Do you know why PNC Park is filled up to a whopping third of its capacity on most games? It is because ticket prices are ridiculously low. The ticket office sells them for as low as nine dollars, and scalpers sell them for even less. On Saturday, April 8, you could have gotten a ticket to see the game, popcorn, and a hot dog for a buck. Personally, I would rather buy a candy bar than sit through nine innings of Pirates baseball. There is simply not enough interest in the organization. Perhaps the Bucs were relevant at some point in the distant past. However, Pittsburgh is hardly a baseball city. Pitt basketball has created much more of a buzz than the Pirates have in decades. Adding an NBA team would add to a solid foundation of the Steel City’s interest in basketball. JA: Walk around and talk to people. I would bet a good sum of money that the majority of people would still prefer to keep the Pirates around. Pitt basketball only appeals to Pitt fans. Even then, we really do not hear that much buzz from them. As far as the cheap ticket prices go, Pirates fans love it. Honestly, how many times do you and your friends get in a big group, hop on the T, and go downtown for an afternoon baseball game over the summer? Taking baseball out of Pittsburgh just subtracts from the already significantly low number of things to do for entertainment around the city. Best Spring Sports Photos PhotosBy: AllieSchlafman.MattySmith.DanTatman.TaraKonopka.GabePritz.
  9. 9. Retirement: Goodbye Tension, Hello Pension! Time to Sleep In, Mr. Suszinski KurtWerner.StaffWriter Layout Design by Denée Renz This June, as the 2011 school year comes to a close, so does the career of English department teacher, Mr. Suszynski. Departing after twenty-five years at PTHS, he joins Mr. Luxbaucher and Mr. Scott in officially announcing their retirements this year. Mr. Suszynski thoroughly enjoyed his work here and reminisced that it “doesn’t get any better than teaching favorite courses.” These courses happen to be Humanities and Movies and Meaning, classes that Mr. Suszynski himself developed. For years, Mr. Suszyn- ski has been viewing and discussing many of his favorite movies in the course Movies and Meaning. He explained that all of the movies are personal favorites of his, including Dr. Strangelove and On the Waterfront. Twelve years ago, Mr. Suszynski created Humanities, which covers many of his favorite subjects (philosophy, history, art history, etc.) in a relaxed discussion based, Socratic seminar setting. In anticipation for his retirement, Mr. Suszynski listed what he hopes to do. First and foremost, Mr. Suszynski made intentions to sleep in past 5:30 A.M. very clear. In addition to much rest, he plans to travel to New England next fall and to Greece and Sicily the following spring. He also wishes to read much more and has several writing projects to work on. Mr. Suszynski is anxious to return to his hobbies of painting and piano playing which he says have been “put-off ” for some time. Mr. Suszynski concluded his interview by saying that he “likes the way things have turned out” at Peters Township High School.
  10. 10. Losing a De-Lux Sense of Humor JakeAchenbach.StaffWriter There is always that one teacher students hope to get: A teacher who is influential and knowledgeable, yet sensible and humorous. Now that this man has sent in his retirement papers, he deserves nothing less than a standing ovation. Students know this man to be none other than the legendary Mr. Jerry Luxbacher. “When I first started teaching here, the high school was still being renovated so I was actually teaching in a classroom up at PV,” stated Mr. Luxbacher. Students often refer to him as “Mr. Lux” or simply just “Lux,” considering him both a friend and mentor. What some people do not know is that he is actually a graduate of PT rival Upper St. Clair. “I also got my BA in History of Geography from Pitt and my Certificate of Education from Edinboro State College,” said Luxbacher. A long-time educator at Peters Township, Mr. Luxbacher enriches the minds of students in two different fields: AP European History and AP Pyschology. A Legendary Teacher SavannahSchweizer.StaffWriter If you have been to Peters in the past 33 years, then there is no doubt that you have met, or at least heard, Mr. Scott. You know that he is in the building when you can hear his booming voice throughout the halls. The Thiel college graduate has been a teacher, track and football coach here for many years. Even though he majored in business, he finished with a minor in education, for which we are all thankful. “My favorite part about teaching is seeing the freshmen come in and then turn into, most, fine young men and women,” stated Mr. Scott. His enthusiasm about teaching creates a fun learning environment for his students. He pours his heart and soul into everything he does whether it is coaching or teaching and he will certainly be missed by us “I have always had a great interest in both the history of Europe and psychology. The content is great and the students who take the classes are always interesting,” stated Mr. Luxbacher. Now that his tenure in teaching is soon coming to a close, Mr. Luxbacher will finally take some time to go on some fascinating explorations. “In June I am going biking in New York, I am taking a vacation to Florida in July, and hiking through Maine in August. In September I’m flying to London and taking a trip to the base camp at Mt. Everest in the winter of 2012,” said Mr. Luxbacher. After he explained his exciting summer I had the one question on my mind that every retiree hears numerous time: will you be moving to a warmer climate? “No way, I love Western PA and the four seasons. Also, after all of my trips, who knows, I might have to go back to get another job because I might be out of money,” he joked. Thank you greatly for you humor, help, and guidance, Mr. Luxbacher. You will be missed throughout the hallways. all. All of his students adore him and really enjoy his teaching style. Those who have not had the opportunity to be in his class probably know him as one of the track coaches. He has been participating in track for 42 years, and has never missed a season since eighth grade. “My favorite part of coaching this sport is going to the meets where it’s nice out and everyone is cheering and screaming and just having a good time,” said Scott. He is well known for his witty comments during practices such as “get rid of those muffin tops,” and “if you cheat now, you’ll cheat when you’re married,” as motivation to push harder toward the end of the workouts. His athletes get a kick out of them because it provides a bit of humor. We are all deeply saddened that he will be leaving us at the end of this year, but his presence will always live on in the halls of PTHS. Everyone that has had the opportunity to have him as a teacher knows that no one will ever be able to replace him. Mr. Scott loves teaching, and adores his students, and wishes them all the best in the future. “Do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do,” said Mr. Scott. Those are the words that he leaves his beloved students with. He will miss them terribly and we will miss him equally in return.
  11. 11. 10 May 2011 Summer 2011 Essentials: MollyDoehring.StyleEditor Summer will soon be here which means its time to refresh your wardrobe. These key pieces will help you get started. Platform Wedges: A classic that seems to reemerge season after season, never going out of style. Wedges are a great asset because you get the height and slimming illusion of heels without the sore feet afterward! Invest in a neutral colored pair so that they go with the majority of your wardrobe. Steve Madden has the biggest selection and not to mention, the cutest wedges this season. White Jeans: White signifies the summer season in the fashion world, so that’s why white jeans are the epitome of the season. They can be worn casually or dressed up, depending on the occasion, and go with almost any top imaginable. Ripped styles seem to be especially popular in the 2011 season. American Eagle and Lucky Brand feature many variations of white jeans for this summer. Sundresses: Embrace your girly side! Sundresses are versatile and are flattering on almost everyone. Also, they are super comfortable, which is always a plus. Bright colors are the new black this season, so try to find a floral print, or patterned dress with a vibrant pallet. Lilly Pullitzer is the guru of brightly patterned sundresses. However, if you don’t want to break the bank, look at J. Crew or Banana Republic. Navy and White Stripes: Go nautical! Whether it be a cute shirt, a sundress, or even a pair of espadrilles, make sure to keep this timeless pattern in your closet this summer. To compliment your Photos By Molly Doehring The most essential gear in the summertime is Oakley sunglasses. If you’re not rockin” a pair of Oakley’s then forget it. Just think about it, you use them all of the time when you’re outside stuntin. You’re standin around the pool with your bros flexing, but there’s only one thing missing; Oakley’s. Make sure to check them out at Macy’s Sunglass Hut, they got the whole lineup. Get yourself a pair of broakley’s and transform into a stunner. If you cannot visit the store, contact Ciaran Reilly, South Hills Village Sunglass Hut store manager, at 412-954-6800 Ext. 2622. Summer 2011 ensemble, incorporate a touch of red or yellow with your accessories. Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren have made this traditional look famous. Rompers: The 1970’s are making a huge comeback this season and the romper trend is proof. You can wear this trend almost anywhere whether it be to the beach or a night out on the town. Match your accessories accordingly to establish the formality of your look. Rompers can be found in almost any store selling trendy clothing this season.
  12. 12. Life & Style 11 Spring Cleaning: A Closet Makeover CarlyBeck.StaffWriter A new season is here, which means two dreaded words are back yet again: spring-cleaning. One of the trickiest spots to keep organized always seems to be the closet. Whether it is a small corner or a walk-in, this space turns into a tornado of clothes, accessories, and shoes. With a few simple steps, this problem area can soon become the most clutter-free spot in your room, providing easy access to all of your essentials. The first step in organizing your closet is clearing out the clutter. Spring-cleaning means a fresh start. The best way to start this process is weeding out all of the unnecessary items that pile up over time. As a general rule of thumb, anything that has not been worn or used in over a year should be disposed of. Extra clothing can be donated to Salvation Army or Goodwill. Other items, which are in better condition, can be sold to a consignment shop. Personal possessions that no longer have a use can be hard to simply throw away. In this situation, memory boxes are a great, quick fix. Designating a few containers to place those belongings keeps things neat and easily accessible. Step number two in the closet make over is assessing the available space. Once all of your possessions have been sorted through and cleared out, take a minute to figure out what kind of organizers will best fit in your space. Those with limited room should invest in over the door shoe holders, hooks on the interior walls, and stackable containers. While these organizers work equally as well for closets with more space, there are more elaborate ways to manage everything. There are plenty of custom closet sets that allow you to choose hangers, drawers, and shelves. Once these tools are in your possession, it is time to take action. Store away all out of season clothing to cut down on used space in your closet. Decide on the best location for your items based on what you use the most. The key to spring cleaning is maintenance. Falling into old habits will only land you back where you started. If these guidelines are followed, your closet will forever stay an organized space instead of a cluttered mess. Photos by Carly Beck Green Graduation Parties HardyKern.StaffWriter In the summer, it gets increasingly difficult for environmentalists to stay on the straight and narrow. Days are longer and lazier, and they tend to lose sight of their green priorities amongst all of the fun in the sun. However, for graduating seniors, and those who know any, having a “green” graduation party is one of the easiest, most interesting, and most helpful ways to stay green. In planning an environmentally friendly grad party, simpler is better. Start with the venue in which you plan to hold the party. Barring any freak weather, outdoor parties are best for saving on energy. Minimal lighting and electricity are needed, no air condi- tioning is required, and it is always better to get some fresh air flowing through your lungs. Tent rental companies are very easy to find, and usually do all of the work for you. All your party planner needs to worry about is supplying the food and entertainment. When it comes to green graduation party food, it is difficult to stay within a reasonable budget. While organic catering is available, such as Whole Foods markets, the cost tends to be pretty high when supplying food for a large amount of people. Therefore, focus more on the food containers and utensils, rather than the food itself. Use washable plastic containers instead of aluminum or Styrofoam. Also, pro- vide biodegradable silverware and flatware, both of which are readily available at Giant Eagle. As for drinks, in place of countless containers and seemingly endless metal cans and plastic bottles, provide your guests with large coolers. One may be for cold water, another for lemonade, and another for soda. Biodegradable and even edible cups are available at most grocery stores, and online. In addition to large garbage cans, provide recycling and compost bins for your guests. Just the availability of separate containers will push people into doing more than just throwing away all of their used items. Finally, gifts are something to think about. Money is an ideal gift: it uses minimal amounts of paper, fits inside of a small envelope, and never goes out of style. For more tips and products to make your Green graduation party a feasible success, visit . Remember, it only takes a little effort to make a big difference for our earth. Photo by Hardy Kern
  13. 13. 14 May 2010 Jackie LaRosa Makes 8,400 Mile Cultural Connection ElsaZollars.GuestWriter PTHS Senior Jackie LaRosa had many “what if ” questions as she prepared for her second mission trip to the Nyadire United Methodist Mission in rural Zimbabwe, Africa. She was a part of a team made up of Mark LaRosa, her father, Drew Harvey, and Mary Beth Zollars. The three adults had been members of the original mission team that visited in 2006. Jackie’s dad wanted her to “experience the joy of the people” in Nyadire. That joy has moved the original team to form an organization, The Nyadire Connection (TNC), a group of volunteers that seeks to keep the mission operational during these very difficult times. Zimbabwe is the second poorest country in the world with 95% unemployment, rampant spread of HIV-AIDS, and one fourth of its children orphaned. The mission can be likened to a college campus, with a hospital and nursing school at one end and a church and teachers’ college at the other. In between is The Home of Hope, an orphanage, a large school system, and homes of those who work at the mission. During her trip, Jackie discovered many aspects of the Zimbabwean culture. The warmth and acceptance of the people was more than she anticipated. Taking a walking tour of the mission on her first day, Jackie met Tawanda. The fouryear-old took one look at Jackie and ran home shouting, “I just saw the whitest person I have ever seen!” Countless other people stared; some even approached her, wanting to touch her and her long, blonde hair. Children in Zimbabwe have their hair shorn when they enter school, making it hard sometimes to recognize girls from boys. “As soon as I addressed people with their traditional morning ‘Mangwanani’ (meaning good day), smiles appeared,” she said. When she visited and played with the twenty-six children at the Home of Hope, she quickly lost her stranger status. She spent hours joining the children as they played, asking them about themselves, and helping them with their chores. Despite the distance between cultures, communication was not hindered. English is the official language of Zimbabwe, once a colony of Great Britain called Rhodesia. Children are taught English once they are in school, but speak Shona, one of two traditional languages, socially and among their families. Jackie had learned several greetings and essential Shona words and phrases, enabling her to play with the children of the Home of Hope orphanage, participate in service projects, and attend school. Through this opportunity, Jackie’s knowledge and love of the culture grew. She confirmed that youth of any age can make a difference. “I saw joyfulness everywhere despite their desperate circumstances. The people have fewer distractions and their lives are much simpler. The best part of the trip was the relationship I had with the people in Nyadire. That relationship will last longer than the paint I put on the orphanage walls,” she said. Photos by Elsa Zollars Cox: The Epitome of Team MattLison.StaffWriter Junior Taylor Cox received the Channel 4 Athlete of the Week for his impressive play on the hockey team. He led the team with 44 points and 25 goals and has already guaranteed a Penguins Cup championship for next season. However, he could not accept the award alone. “I called my team up to accept my award with me because I could not have done it without them,” Cox recalled. Summer 2011 Junior Taylor Cox is receiving the Athlete of the Week award presented by John Meyer of WTAE. When referring to his teammates, Taylor Cox stated “I can’t do anything without them.” Photo by Victoria Zeffiro
  14. 14. People Features 15 TVT Awards Mrs.Frick.GuestWriter Photos by Mrs. Frick On Wednesday, April 13th the Media Department took part in the Television and Video Teachers Consortium Festival held at Robert Morris University.  450 students attended from twenty eight different schools.  There were awards given for outstanding videos.  Congratulations for the PT Media Department receiving the following five awards:  Public Service Announcement -Best of Category (Cyber bullying) -Highlight-Best of Category (Cheerleading Highlight) Magazine -Award of Excellence (Skaumentary-A Look at Skasage) Digital Cinema -Award of Excellence (The Awakening) -News Package-Award of Excellence (Cyber bullying) Congratulations Peters Township School District ShellyBelcher.GuestWriter The Pittsburgh Business Times has ranked Peters Township School District among the top 10 Districts across the state. The publication profiles area school districts to determine how local districts compared to the other districts in the region an across the state. Their formula for the ranking takes into account three years of PSSA tests scores. Peters Township ranks 5th on the Business Times Honor Roll their ranking of district’s in our seven county region, and 10th overall in the state (up from 13th last year). Peters also earned top 5 rankings in 7th, 8th and 11th grades as well. Correction: Please note that Shelly Belcher took the photo of the Letter of Intent signing day photo in the April issue of Smoke Signals. Disney Mania KatieShultz.StaffWriter Wondering where half the school disappeared to the week after spring break? The PT Music Department traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from April 26th- May 1st to compete in Festival Disney. The music department consists of the marching band, jazz band, wind symphony, symphony orchestra, concert band, symphonic choir, concert choir, mixed choir, silks, and band front. These talented students are led by music teachers Mrs. Fox, Mr. Barney, and Mr. Perrotte. The bands and choirs had been working since December on their pieces for Disney. “After spending hours upon hours practicing, it was really quite exciting to be able to share your interpretation of different songs with those outside of the Peters Township area and to prove to yourself and your peers that all the hard work paid off,” stated senior H.B Hull. “This is the hardest material we had ever done for choir in competition,” said Mr. Perrotte. “The music ability of the choir this year is outstanding.” The choirs, as well as the bands, were in front of a panel of judges who are professionals in their specific area. After a 25-minute performance, the judges came up and gave them suggestions for improvement in a ten-minute adjudication workshop. The judges not only gave critique, but also ranked them against all the other groups who competed for first place. Schools from across the country and even other schools in Pittsburgh came to compete for Superior ratings. Both choirs, drill team, and silks got this highest honor while the other groups received excellent. All the hard work paid off- good job!
  15. 15. 2011 Senior Superlatives All photos submitted
  16. 16. 18 May 2010 Sounds of the Summer MckenzieFritz.StaffWriter With the school year quickly coming to a close, it is time to break out your calendars and start planning your summer concerts. This year, there are acts coming to Pittsburgh for everyone. From country crooners Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley to pop princess Katy Perry, everyone will have something to look forward to. Start raiding your little sibling’s piggy banks now and begging your parents for cash because, this is a summer concert season you will not want to miss. Sugarland Brad Paisley Weezer Panic! At the Disco Michael Buble New Kids On the Block-Back Street Boys Elvis Costello and the Imposters Sade with John Legend Taylor Swift Katy Perry The Clarks Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band Vans Warped Tour Tim McGraw Journey May 15 Niagara Pavilion May 28 Heinz Field May 29 Stage AE June 3 Stage AE June 11 Consol Energy Center June 15 Consol Energy Center June 16 Trib Total Media Amphitheater June 18 Consol Energy Center June 18 Heinz Field June 23 Petersen Events Center June 25 Stage AE July 2 Heinz Field July 22 First Niagara Pavilion July 30 First Niagara Pavilion August 27 First Niagara Pavilion Top 4 Amusement Parks MadisonMincone.StaffWriter With summer vacation just around the corner, everyone’s wondering what to do. After the excitement of sleeping in dies off, boredom tends to set in, so this summer be sure to take a road trip to one of these amazing amusement parks. park, and is located along a sandy beach. Cedar Point’s eleven year old steel beast, the Millennium Force, has been ranked the number one steel coaster in the world multiple times. And if roller coasters are not your thing, there are many other attractions. Ranked the best amusement park in the world for the past thirteen years, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio is the place to go. Cedar Point has seventeen roller coasters, 52 other rides, an outdoor and indoor water Next, be sure to visit Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. Kings Island includes ten roller coasters, five thrill rides, a Snoopy themed kids’ area, and thirteen family rides. Kings Island is an awesome park for people with different taste. Its Summer 2010 roller coasters are not record breaking, but they are something different from the usual Kennywood coasters. The drive to Mason is a little farther than the drive to Cedar Point, but it is worth the trip. Hersheypark is home to eleven coasters, fourteen water rides, and nineteen family friendly rides. It features The Boardwalk, which is their water park, and Hersheypark’s newest steel coaster is the Fahrenheit, a steel coaster, which features a 90 degree ascent, a 97 degree descent, and some loops and corkscrews. The drive to Hershey is about four hours, but for some awe- some summer fun, the car ride should not be an issue. Finally, no summer is complete without a visit to Kennywood Park in West Mifflin. Close to home, Kennywood is a classic-themed family entertainment park with various surprises. Kennywood’s six roller coasters, three water rides, nine thrill rides, ten classic rides, three dark rides, and fourteen Kiddieland rides make it the perfect place to go on short notice to spend a day enjoying numerous attractions including the new Sky Rocket coaster that is similar to Hersheypark’s Fahrenheit.
  17. 17. Entertainment 19 Shifting to a Higher Gear GregMarsh.StaffWriter Need for Speed (NFS) is to the racing genre as Call of Duty is to the first-person shooter. In essence, it is well known by racing game enthusiasts worldwide, with the series’ first installment dating back to 1994. This spring, the NFS franchise has released their most focused, polished, and thrilling game yet. Shift 2 emphasizes the intense thrill and challenge of racing that many racing games lack. To achieve this, Shift 2 has some innovative features that, when combined, make for an exciting experience every race. The first notable feature is the dynamic cockpit view. While most cockpit views in racing games have the camera set constantly looking straight ahead, Shift 2 utilizes a moving camera that simulated head movement which is influenced by g-forces and looking into turns while steering. Another specialty is night racing. This creates a far more nerveracking and challenging experience as you race underneath blinding spotlights or venture into dark, unlit areas of the tracks with only the car’s headlights to light up the way. Finally, factor in motion blur, explosively powerful sound effects, spectacular crashes, up to sixteen cars on track at once, and you have one of the most thrilling racing games in years. A racing game’s car list is crucial; it must satisfy various types of car enthusiasts, but also offer cars that fit the game and are exciting to drive. While Shift 2’s list is not particularly large, the selection of cars in the list could not be any better. Customization is extensive, but be prepared to spend most of your time behind the wheel, which is a good thing. Shift 2 is certainly more of a simulation-style racing game, and while it is not as realistic as the Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo series, it is as close as any Need for Speed game has ever been. This title is a no-brainer for any racing fan. Cole Snyder’s Ipod list 1.) “Your Love”- The Outfield 2.) “Higher”- J. Cole 3.) “Don’t break my heart”- B.O.B 4.) “Shark in the water”- VV Brown 5.) “Do you know” -Enrique Iglesias Photo by Greg Marsh Look Again by Lisa Scottoline MelinaSopko.StaffWriter Journalist and reporter Ellen Gleeson came home to greet her young son, Will, after a long day of work. A few years previously she adopted Will when she first met him abandoned and awaiting heart surgery, while she was researching a story at a local Children's Hospital. After coming inside, as usual, she checked the mailbox and tossed the junk mail, but for some reason she decided to keep the "Have You Seen This Child" flier. The flier truly served no purpose, but something about it made her look again. Undeniably, the boy in the photo looked identical to her adopted son, Will. In her heart, she knew her adoption was lawful, so what did she have to worry about? Her motherly instinct told her to ignore the similarities between the two boys, but no mother would be able to stop thinking about the photo until she knew the truth. “If Will rightfully belonged to someone else, would I still be able to keep him or would I have to give him up?” was the question that tormented Ellen. It’s not an everyday coincidence that the child on the Missing Persons ad looks just like the child you tuck in every night. While fighting fear, pain, frustration, and paranoia, Ellen had to push all things aside, including her job, in order to discover the truth that once was swept under the rug. She continues to investigate the situation and uncovers clues no one was meant to discover. Eventually, she digs too deep and ends up putting her life in danger and also the life of the son she loves. The flier that made Ellen look again now serves a purpose. I truly think everyone needs to read this book, at least once. There is never a point where you know what will come next. While reading, you almost feel as if you are there and, best of all, the book has a wicked twist at the end.
  18. 18. 20 May 2011 walking through the streets with ‘emergency’ hoods and lots of traffic,” said Ryanne. Emergency hoods are gas masks which are made for emergency personnel as well as civilians to protect them from any toxic gasses or other harmful substances in the air. Although they were lucky enough to evade the earthquake, the aftershocks, and the tsunami, the leak in the nuclear reactors caused enough fear that the Konno family temporarily moved back to their home state of Illinois. It is very uncertain when they will be returning to Tokyo. “We won’t be going back for a while,” Ryanne said. “People are still kind of in panic mode. I’d say maybe a year? Could be less could be more.” She encourages everyone to donate and try to help the cause. This disaster is affecting the whole world, and we all need to do our own part. The Konnos’ Story AmandaMoore.StaffWriter Former students of PTHS, Ryanne, grade 11, and Michael Konno, grade Photo by Brenda Konno 9, moved to Tokyo, Japan in January, a mere two months before the devastating earthquake. The 9.0 earthquake shook the island nation and caused a disastrous tsunami which, combined, left a layer of destruction over everything. Due to the shaking, several nuclear reactors began leaking near the island’s capital, Tokyo. The citizens had about 30 sec- Saving Japan onds of warning before the earthquake that started it all. Ryanne Konno was in school with just fifteen minutes before dismissal. Once the shaking began, the class huddled under a door frame until it subsided enough to go outside and onto a field. “It was really disorienting. You felt dizzy afterwards,” recalled Ryanne. Fortunately, the family and their belongings were not damaged. The school stayed standing and when they got home a few things had fallen off the shelves. “Nothing too terrible happened to us personally. We did see some people run organization, the other 9 cents goes toward adValerieKotar.StaffWriter ministration. While the The devastating 8.9 American Red Cross is a fanearthquake and tsunami that tastic place to make your donahit Japan surprised the world. tion, it is not the only option. As the shock factor provided Another online organization by the news fades, Japan is is the Samaritan’s Purse. This still recovering and needs a foundation’s mission is shown tremendous amount of help. by how it received it’s name; Many people fail to realize the story of the Good Samarihow easy it can be for the av- tan is a well-known story in the erage person to lend a hand; Bible (Luke 10:25-37). Similar thanks to the internet, dona- to the Samaritan’s good deed, tions can even be made from the organization has succeeded your home. in meeting the needs of others, The most obvious as well as spreading their messite to use is that of the Amer- sage, since 1970. Donations ican Red Cross. Created in can be made through a variety 1881, this unbiased, humani- of different ways such as giving tarian foundation is always money or buying apparel. ready to lend a hand. “Our Board has di “An average of 91 rected that all contributions cents of every dollar the Red designated for specific projects Cross spends is invested in shall be applied to those projhumanitarian services and ects, and we may assess up to programs,”(www.redcross. 10 percent to be used for adcom). It is important to know ministering the gift,” (www. that the money you donate is actually reaching the cause. Both the American Since the American Red Red Cross and the Samaritan’s Cross is not a government- Purse use donations wisely and Summer 2011 are equally access and wonderful options. The choice is given to personal preference. If you are feeling creative, there are plenty of other options right in front of you. Have you been on iTunes lately? They released an album appropriately titled “Songs for Japan.” By purchasing the entire album for ten dollars, you may receive 38 tracks by numerous, well-known artists. All proceeds go towards relief in Japan. You are unable to purchase individual tracks, but why would you? With songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, ADELE, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, and John Mayer there is literally something for everyone’s interests. Plus, you are helping out Japan. Even Peters Township was able to lend a hand. Students teamed up with in their Paper Cranes for Japan project. For each crane made, two dollars will be donated. The goal for the organization is to have a total of 100,000 cranes. That’s a possible $200,000 that can help out the victims in Japan. To Photo by Mrs. Alexander find out more on this project go to and check out the instructions on how to help. Just because you do not hear about the devastation on the news, does not mean it is over. People are still hurting and in need. Find a donation outlet and double check that your money is going where it should. I suggest using one of these well-known sources to avoid fraud. You don’t have to give thousands of dollars to make a difference.
  19. 19. News Features Could you pass the US Citizenship Test? KatieDenning.Co-Editor-in-Chief Every year, 400,000 immigrants take the US Citizenship Test ( However, there has been a recent controversy as to whether the questions are too easy or overly difficult. According to author Solomon Skolnick, the questions that appear on the US Citizenship Test are often oversimplified and leave out crucial information. Conversely, numerous people who are already American citizens are unable to answer these questions correctly. Recently, Newsweek conducted a poll where they gave 1,000 people the citizenship test. Only 62% of Americans quizzed were able to pass the test. To qualify for citizenship, six out of ten questions must be answered correctly. The ten questions asked are chosen randomly from a list of one hundred questions. Could you pass the US Citizenship Test? Take the following quiz to find out. Quiz: 1. Name one right guaranteed by the first amendment. 2. In what year was the Constitution written? 3. How many amendments are there? 4. Who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner? 5. How many people are in the House of Representatives? 6. Who becomes President of the United States if the President and the Vice-President should become unable to lead? 7. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States? 8. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. 9. What did Susan B. Anthony do? 10. How many Supreme Court justices are there? What In the World? ValerieGobao.PhotographyEditor Devout, churchgoing women have a fun, new hobby: pole dancing. “Pole Fitness for Jesus,” a new dance class in Old Town Spring, Texas, is attempting to infuse stripper skills with Christian morals. However, the founder, Tiffany Booth, says that it is not about sex. Right. Apparently, the point of this class is to celebrate the “gift of a woman’s body” by utilizing poles and Christian music to exercise, all in the name of Jesus. This “wholesome” crusade has “surprisingly” been criticized by members of the community, who have come to the studio waving Bibles in an attempt to ward off the devilish influences. Who can blame them? One has to wonder where Booth learned these skills, anyway. Sammy Hagar, former lead singer for the band Van Halen, was abducted by aliens. Or at least, he thinks he was. In an interview with MTV for his book “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock,” he admitted that aliens “were plugged into me…and uploaded something from my brain…from a ‘wireless connection.’” Well, that’s some darn good 4G coverage. No stranger to the paranormal, Hagar also believes to have seen a flying saucer in a field near his house as a four-year-old. This is especially shocking coming from a man who spent most of the seventies and eighties in a drug induced haze. Photo by Matt Sikora 21 Photo by Matt Sikora When Gertie the Hen stopped laying eggs, Jim and Jeannette Howard, her owners, just thought she had a bad case of PMS. But that is when it got weird; she started crowing, developed a scarlet cockscomb, and then began bossing the other hens around. In short, Gertie the hen is now Bertie the Rooster. Apparently, Bertie’s sex change is not unique. Though the phenomenon is extremely rare, some hens experience a spontaneous sex reversal due to a malfunctioning ovary, but remain sterile, not truly male or female. It’s a shim! Answers: 1. The rights to free speech, press, religion, petition, and assembly 2. 1787 3. 27 4. Francis Scott Key 5. 435 6. Speaker of the House 7. John Roberts 8. (James) Madison (Alexander) Hamilton (John) Jay Publius 9. Fought for women’s rights Fought for civil rights 10. Nine
  20. 20. Class of 2011 Post Graduation Plans Achenbach, Jake W Adams, Carley E Albitz, Nathan J Alescio, Carrie Alexander, Lauren Allen, Jonathan J Allen, Lindsay M Amelio, Michael Arnita, Samuel Aurin, Megan Balash, Egan J Ball, Brittany Barford, Jessie Beichner, Chelsea Belack, Rachel Berardino, Rebecca Bertoni, Laura M Bianco, Justin V Bieda, Caitlyn L Binotto, Sean Blank, Aaron Bogan, Griffith Bollman, Marcus Brace, Kaitlyn M Brinsky, Gabrielle Brown, Michael H Brucker, James Bucci, Joseph Bukovich, Amanda Burg, Jenna Burgman, Antra Burkhardt, Nicole R Burns, Chloe Burris, Nicolas Buswell, Corey Carbonara, Michael Casaday, Victoria Cashman, Allyson Caso, Hannah E Cassano, Lauren M Castillo, Manuel Caumo, Rachel L Cavolo, Sara J Cellini, Luke W Chalifoux, Roxanne Chamberlin, Michael Chametzky, Nicholas Chen, Chelsea Chiste, Benjamin L Chitsaz Zadeh, Andre Ciancarelli, Larissa Clark, Tyler Clawges, Melissa Cole, Shannon K Collins, Taylor K Collis, Alexander Undecided W & J College Kettering University Bella Capelli Waynesburg University Undecided Johnson and Wales University Junior Hockey WYO Tech Allegheny College Undecided Duquesne University University of Richmond Penn State-Altoona Undecided Undecided Gannon University University of Pittsburgh West Virginia University Penn State Behrend Undecided Gannon University Bucknell University Purdue University Duquesne University Penn State University University Of Pittsburgh Penn State University West Virginia University Ohio State Univesrsity Rollins College Penn State University Edinboro University Ohio State University CCAC Edinboro University High Point University Wake Forest Undecided Grove City College University of Colorado Duquesne University CCAC Indiana University of Pennsylvania Villanova University Virginia Tech University CCAC Cornell University Ohio University CCAC Mercyhurst College Carnegie Mellon University Undecided CCAC Slippery Rock University University of Colorado Corbett, Kaitlyn C Corrigan, Kevin Costanzo, Jacob Cowler, Trevor Cowler, William Cox, Erin J Craig, Natalie Crall, Ryan Cramer, Olivia Crossman, Jessalyn Crummie-Ducarme, Laura Cushma, Katharine D Czajkowski, Michael Dachille, Benjamin Dawson, Marrissa DeAugustine, Connor DeBolt, Jillian DeBonis, Danielle Dee, Christine M Deer, Matthew R Dellavalle, Jillian Demeis, Leah Dickey, Connor J Dunleavy, Jessica Dupree, Jessica M Edgar, Sarah G Edmunds, Hayden M Egan, Elizabeth Elderkin, Emmanuel Ellis, Jenna Esposito, Nicholas Everson, Taylor Fagella, Christina Fecher, Elizabeth Feeney, Justin Ferchak, Breanna L Ference, Kierstin O Fick, John F Fiscus, Caroline G Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Flaherty, Patrick Fornear, Chance Forse, Courtland S Fortunato, Gregory M Fortunato, Ronald N Freely, Brendan Full, Nicholas E Gallaway, Shannon Garrity, Sarah Ghilani, Richard Giannuzzi, Timothy Glicksman, Michael S Glovier, Scott Goimarac III, Peter Golias, Alexis Goller, Carly Undecided Ohio University Undecided United States Navy United States Air Force Undecided Clarion University Penn State University Slippery Rock University University of Dayton Wake Forest University Gannon University Penn State University George Washington University Duquesne University Slippery Rock University Undecided Washington and Jefferson College Washington and Jefferson College Miami of Ohio University Ohio University Kent State University Penn State - Schreyers Honors College Penn State Behrend Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science CCAC Indiana University of Pennsylvania Allegheny College Undecided Undecided Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Duquesne University Taylor University Military Slippery Rock University Gannon University Undecided Ball State University University of Dayton College of William and Mary Bradford School California University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock University University Of Pittsburgh Virginia Tech Indiana University of Pennsylvania University of Kentucky Undecided Penn State University Undecided George Washington University Penn State University Bowling Green University Indiana University of Pennsylvania Ohio Valley University
  21. 21. Gompers, Justin Grachen, Angela Gramling, Kyle Greer, Mark E Gregg, Justin Greguric, Kayla Gross, Juliann Margaret Grossi, Joseph Grzejka, Brittany Hagman, Nevin Hancock, Edward Austin Happe, Nicole Hardy, Sean Hartbauer, Kari E Hauck, Natalie F Hinegardner, Lucas D. Hiner, Nicholas Hoffman, Brittany Holcombe, Hunter R Hou, Joy Hrzic, Meaghan Hull, Harrison B. (H.B.) Hume, Danielle Hunter, Harrison Hunter, Kara Ingram, Kyle Jackson, Conor W Jackson, Karen Jacobs, Alessandra Jasek, Michael Johnson, Victoria Jones, Steven Boyd Karavolis, Meredith Kasraie, Cameron Kern, Edward H King, Thomas Kittelberger, Karlee Kleja, Jessica Kloss III, David R Koch, Sarah K Koerner, Matthew Kraus, Blayne Kronket, Matthew B Kuhn, Taylor Kuzy, Gregory H Kyaw, Poe Lacey, Brett Lages, Anthony M LaRosa, Jaclyn M Laster, Taylor D Lauter, Sarah Lavella, Alexandria N Lee, Rebecca Legowik, Brian Leon, Juliet Lerario, Maria Levine, Kathryn Lewis, Carly E Lewis, Jason C Lindner, Matthew Edinboro University Duquesne University Case Western Reserve University University of Pittsburgh Undecided Undecided Messiah College Bowling Green State University Penn State University Bucknell University Fordham University University of Kentucky Virginia Tech University Penn State University University of Kentucky West Virginia University Grove City College New Jersey City University Clemson University New York University CCAC & California University of Pennsylvania Wake Forest University Penn State University University of Kentucky University of Pittsburgh Belmont University Indiana University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock University Washington and Jefferson College University of Pittsburgh Penn State University Liberty University University of Dayton Undecided Ohio State University Undecided Bowling Green State University University of Dayton Undecided Penn State University West Virginia Wesleyan Undecided United States Marine Corps Junior Hockey University of Pittsburgh Undecided Undecided United States Air Force Academy University of Pittsburgh Penn State University Undecided University of Pittsburgh Douglas School of Education Penn State University Cornell University Penn State University Penn State University West Virginia University Clemson University Bowling Green State University Lison, Matthew Locke, Jacob Loether, Chad Lovorn, Elena Lowe, Randal Luttner, Elizabeth Luzier, Robert Lynam, Brenna M Macdonald-Hardie, Nina L Mackay, John N Madalena, Emily Madler, Maxwell C. Maggs, Katarina L Makowski, Katie L Malanos, Jenna Undecided Duquesne University Penn State Behrend US Army Bowling Green State University Undecided West Virginia University Kent State University Carlow University SUNY Fredonia Wake Forest University Undecided Penn State University University of Tennessee West Virginia University Manganas, Eleni Mannering, Briana M Maronde, Douglas Marsh, Gregory Martik, Macey Martik, Tyler Martonik, Jessa A Masta, Erin E Mauer, Matthew May, William D McClure, William McGinnis, Jaimie McKelvey, Nicholas McKenzie, Regis Medvid, Hannah C Messerly, Andrew Metz, Katherine Meyer, Samantha Mikec, Philip Milavec, Daniel P Miller, Jason D Minteer, Ryan Minton, Andrew Mitchell, Evan Moodispaugh, Robert T Moran, Amanda Morrow, Taylor M Mortland, Nicholas A Muchesko, Chad Mueller, Brent Mumbray, Ashley S Nathanson, Dylan W Nee, Nicholas Nossokoff,Mike O'Connor, Shannon Olivo, Christopher R. Orr, Joshua Ortosky, Ashley E Pachis, Matthew Page, Connor Parello, Ashley E Paschl, Nicole Pintar, Melissa Pletz, Jacob D Poole, Nicole M Undecided West Virginia University University of Pittsburgh Allegheny College University of Pittsburgh Ohio State University Mercyhurst College Virginia Tech University Undecided Robert Morris Indiana University of Pennsylvania Kent State University Lehigh University Military Slippery Rock University Clarion University West Virginia University Bowling Green State university West Virginia University St. Lawrence University Undecided Heidelberg University Ohio State University Indiana University of Pennsylvania Juniata College Saint Vincent College University Of Pittsburgh Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Mount Union University Penn State - Behrend Long Island University Ohio Northern Undecided Duquesne University Waynesburg University Temple University Case Western Reserve University Clarion University Youngstown State University Westminster College Penn State University
  22. 22. Portz, Justin Prykull, Cory J Puhl, Ryan Pusateri, Alexis C Putt, Heather Quarture, Alexandria Ranallo, Christian Rastogi, Nitish Reeder, Terry Relich, Caitlin Relich, Susan Rickman, Katherine Rider, Shelley Rigatti, Randy Ritter, Dylan Roach, McKenna Roberts, Alex Roberts, Michael Rohn, Hailey Rooney, Brendan M Ross, Olivia M Ross, Philip C Rupprecht, Jennifer E Sands, Gabriele Sanfilippo, Jessica Sarnicke, Melissa Scabilloni, Max Schaeffer, Garrett Scheirer, Jesse Schneider, Carlee Schuck, Michael Seibel, Bethany Seman, Mitchell R Seraly, Mark P Serra, Aaron T Sheets, Casey L Sheetz, Brady Shell, Christopher Sherman, Lisa T. Shope, Andrew T Shultz, Katharine Sickmund, Curt Sickmund, Sean Sikora, Matthew C Simonson, Nika S Sion, Lauren Small, Dylan Smith, Carlee Smith, Matthew Smith, Rhianna Smith, Rhyan Smith, Stephen M Smore, Lindsay Soff, Christina E Solomon, Melissa Sopko, Melina Sossi, Kyle R Spamer, Shelli Speicher, Cody Spinabelli, Lauren Allegheny College Syracuse University Clarion University Ohio University Duquesne University Point Park University University of Pittsburgh Penn State University Edinboro University Penn State University James Madison University Evergreen College Kent State Robert Morris University Pitt - Greensburg Indiana University of Pennsylvania Penn State University Air Force Duquesne University Slippery Rock University North Carolina State University La Roche College Duquesne University University of Pittsburgh Duquesne University Washington and Jefferson College Undecided Penn State University University of Vermont West Virginia University Emerson College Clarion University Undecided Allegheny College Virginia Tech California University of Pennsylvania University of Hartford Undecided CCAC & Berry College West Virginia University Waynesburg University St. Bonaventure University Mercyhurst College University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Bucknell University Indiana University of Pennsylvania Undecided Stephen F. Austin State University Undecided Undecided University of Pittsburgh University of Dayton Washington and Jefferson College Undecided Washington Hospital School of Radiology Washington and Jefferson College North Carolina State University Allegheny College Penn State University Stanchak, Hunter Stasik, Samuel Stein, Bridget Steliotes, Alaina M Steratore, Matthew Sterling, Chelsea S. Stephan, Blair Stroyne, Laura Sullivan, Shane Summaria, Carlo J Sypula, Joseph Tatman, Daniel Taylor, Dylan Tenison, Brooke Thomas, Ashleigh Thomas, Mallory Toscano, Angelo Toscano, Rachel Trier, Alyssa J Tucker, Dustin W Ulrich, Parker Wagner, Matthew Wallach, Jonathan Werner, Kurt Wetzel, Evan Weyrick, Daniel Wible, Nicholas Wickstrom, Ross W Wilcox, John B. Wilson, Ashley Woodrow, Sean Woods, Cody Wright, Alexander Yeckley, Eric Zeffiro, Victoria Zubasic, Michelle Grove City College Penn State University Ohio University Ohio University Undecided Virginia Tech University Undecided University of Dayton Ohio University Clarion University Ohio University Columbia College Penn State Behrend Duquesne University Liberty University Penn State Altoona Clarion University Slippery Rock University Capital University Undecided University of Pittsburgh Undecided College of Charleston Gap Year Undecided Ohio University University of Utah The University of Xavier University of Alabama Loyola Marymount University Penn State University Pittsburgh Technical Institute Villanova University Undecided Slippery Rock University Gannon University Best wishes, Class of 2011!